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The Secret People [All Region] [import]
The Secret People [All Region] [import]
Dvd ~ Valentina Cortese

19 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A nice print of a collectors item spoiled by sub-titles, 21 Aug. 2009
This is a rare Ealing drama - a collector's item and a very enjoyable film (if a little on the gloomy side). It would certainly be a must for any collector of British films except that this particular release has very large Chinese sub-titles and these cannot be removed. They're not actually sub-titles but side-titles ... they run up and down the right hand side of the screen obscuring faces and any action. It's a great shame because the picture quality is otherwise very good and would make for a most enjoyable copy. If only they would release this in a format that allows for the sub-titles to be turned on and off it would completely change my opinion of this DVD. As it is, the sub-titles are so distracting that I'm not able to watch it.
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Les Paul And Friends
Les Paul And Friends
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £13.32

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cashing in on a legend's name, 12 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Les Paul And Friends (Audio CD)
If you didn't know that the name "Les Paul" was in the title of this CD you wouldn't have a clue to what the common thread is supposed to be. Mostly vocals of songs that seem to have nothing whatsoever to do with the great man. I'd have been delighted to hear people playing their own stuff with some sort of a Les Paul "twist" just as I'd have been glad to hear Les' numbers played by these performers using their own styles ... as would be expected on any kind of a tribute record. What a dog's breakfast this turned out to be with two possible exceptions: Sam Cooke re-worked first with the backing of a nicely understated Eric Clapton and then with Jeff Beck. These two tracks are highly enjoyable on their own but I still don't know what they're doing on a Les Paul album. Sadly, some of the reviewers actually seem to think they're listening to Les play lead on these tracks.
Go buy some of Les' original stuff and enjoy yourself. You'll need it after listening to this. If you like the idea of him playing along with someone then it doesn't get any better than his duet sessions with Chet Atkins on "Chester & Lester". Stay away from this CD if you're any kind of a Les Paul fan. You'll be highly disappointed.


Robbery [DVD]
Robbery [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stanley Baker
Price: £7.90

90 of 93 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment! When are we ever going to get a widescreen version?, 5 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Robbery [DVD] (DVD)
It's a five star movie and one of my all time favourites but I have to knock at least a couple of stars off this Optimum release - not because of the film quality but because of the DVD transfer. The Amazon listing doesn't make it clear but you should be aware that this is strictly a full-frame, pan and scan version. Not even full-frame on one side and a letterbox or anamorphic version on the other. I wonder if anyone is ever going to get wise to what the legions of fans of this film are looking for? All we want is to see it the way it was originally meant to be seen and the way we all saw it on the big screen back in 1967. How hard can that be?
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Buster Keaton - A Hard Act To Follow [DVD]
Buster Keaton - A Hard Act To Follow [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lindsay Anderson
Price: £12.46

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just about perfect!!, 2 Dec. 2007
One of the most satisfying and enjoyable documentaries I've ever seen. I think the other reviewers have covered all the details for me already. I simply want to make sure my 5 stars are added to the total because they were never so well-deserved. This three-episode disc is an absolute must for anyone with even the vaguest interest in film history, or for that matter, the vaguest sense of humour. Just plain wonderful.


You You You And You
You You You And You
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £16.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Ames are great, as usual, but why the same old songs when so many are awaiting release on CD ?, 29 May 2007
This review is from: You You You And You (Audio CD)
No criticism of The Ames Brothers recordings. Were there ever 4 voices that blended so perfectly? It's always great to hear this vastly underrated group on CD but why on Earth did Living Era choose this particular selection of songs? More than two-thirds of these numbers already appear on CDs currently in circulation on "Best of" discs put out by Varese, Taragon and Jasmine. Now here we have the fourth release of these same hits. The Ames recorded hundreds of tunes and more than 30LPs (both 10" and 12") during their years with Coral and RCA. What we need is someone to put together some CDs to bring out more of their unreleased (on CD) material. Jasmine seems to be doing the best job of it so far. If I'm faced with yet another CD that contains all these same hits I'll think twice before spending money to get a mere handful of "new" songs while being given no alternative but to buy a 5th CD copy of all their same great hits. I suspect a lot of people are avoiding buying this CD for exactly that reason. I'm knocking a star off this disc because of the rather witless and unimaginative track selection on the part of Living Era's producers. As one of the top vocal acts of the 50s, The Ames Brothers could sing the phone book and they'd get my 5 stars any day of the week. Surely one of the greatest and most neglected vocal groups of all. There's an audience awaiting all the marvellous material that's still tucked away in the vaults and I wish someone would do something about it instead of just trotting out the same old titles every time.


The Flying Scot [VHS] [1957]
The Flying Scot [VHS] [1957]
VHS

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sets new lows in junk tape manufacture., 25 Jan. 2007
This cheap and cheerful little thriller would have made a very nice addition to any collection of British B films and I'd give the movie itself 4 stars - it's a neatly written little thriller. But there's one incredibly big problem with this release - my cassette runs out of tape before the film comes to an end!!! ... something I've never encountered on any other videotape. Even the worst of the cheapskate manufacturers usually manage to splash out and pay for enough tape to capture the whole film. How on earth anyone could send something to market in such condition is beyond belief. I'll tolerate bad original copies, low quality transfers and rotten artwork if it means getting a little rarity for the collection but there's no excuse for this. A total waste of money. The real shame of it, of course, is that we now know this little collectible is out there but that nobody is making it available in a form that's worth buying.


The Runaway Bus [1954] [DVD]
The Runaway Bus [1954] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Frankie Howerd
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £4.55

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An appalling transfer - steer clear of this one, 29 Oct. 2006
This review is from: The Runaway Bus [1954] [DVD] (DVD)
This has every hallmark of a disc produced on a home computer, starting out with a grade Z print and followed up by using inferior software. Now that I've seen what Pickwick is capable of I'll steer well clear of them in future. There's not one redeeming thing to be said for this company. No point trying to review the film itself because I couldn't watch more than 10 minutes of it. These people should be forced to return every penny that unwitting consumers have paid them for such trash. I only wish I could give them less than a 1-star rating.


The Pirates Of The Silver Screen Collection [DVD]
The Pirates Of The Silver Screen Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Douglas Fairbanks Sr.
Offered by Not2day Media
Price: £6.95

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Sea-Dog's Breakfast, 28 July 2006
All public-domain, second-rate features and B-movies with a few disjointed TV episodes thrown in to try and bulk it up a bit. This is all just a way to load up the set (and the price) with a lot of stuff you probably wouldn't even consider buying individually. For die-hard swashbucklers only!


Ill Met By Moonlight [DVD] [1957]
Ill Met By Moonlight [DVD] [1957]
Dvd ~ Dirk Bogarde
Price: £3.70

125 of 125 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A true story that mixes thrills with humour., 2 Jun. 2004
One of my favourite WWII films so I admit to this being a thoroughly biased review. It's one of those films that I can watch over and over. Dirk Bogarde stars as Patrick Leigh-Fermor who, coincidentally, was given a knighthood in the last Queen's Honours List for his wartime exploits, re-created in this film. Working with his beloved Cretan resistance members it is the now famous story of how, with Major “Billy” Moss (played by David Oxley) they kidnapped German General Karl Kreipe and smuggled him off the island by boat. Filmed in glorious B&W on location, the film owes much of its atmosphere to some haunting music by Mikis Theodorakis (Zorba The Greek). It is told with wit and humour that is never allowed to overcome the basic tension of the plot. Highly recommended.


The Jolson Story/Jolson Sings Again [DVD] [1946/1949 ] [2003]
The Jolson Story/Jolson Sings Again [DVD] [1946/1949 ] [2003]
Dvd ~ Larry Parks
Price: £7.00

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music and great nostalgia ... a must-see, 25 Dec. 2003
Like just about every other Hollywood "biography" of the period these two films manage to wander quite a bit from the truth. Who cares? The music is just wonderful and these flawlessly restored prints are marvellous. Great colour and great sound. I bought these two separately and felt they were worth every penny but having them rolled up into one collection is an even better deal. I can watch these over and over again and enjoy Larry Park's Oscar-nominated (and much deserved) performance time after time. Jolson re-recorded all his great hits for these films and the quality of his voice was actually said to have improved over his earlier recordings, despite singing 4 notes lower than when he performed them originally. These movies are all about the music and there's lots and lots of that to enjoy. The first of the films: "The Jolson Story" was the top selling film of 1946. No surprise. Do yourself a favour ... if you've any appetite at all for these great old songs buy this set and let any lack of accuracy in his life story roll off your back. This is pure musical entertainment at a very high level.


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